Can someone list some Jazz groups with some good technical Drumming?

After a couple years of practicing different types of Metal, Jazz has struck my interest, so can someone help me out here so I can get a good ear for the art?

5 thoughts on “Can someone list some Jazz groups with some good technical Drumming?

  1. Bolide ?Self Appointed Pastor?

    Joe Morello, of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
    His work on the album Time Out, including the familiar “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo ala Turk” is totally flabbergasting, especially when you realize what few pieces were on his trap (and of course that no number on the album is in 4/4 time).

  2. naps with cats

    Alex Acuna – played on at least 3 “Weather Report” Albumns.

    Plays both kit and percussion, but for jazz it’s kit.

    He has played on maaaaaaaaaaaaaany Albumns and has his his own trio AND his own Latin Band where he’s the band leader, has played for movies.

    Learned technical training … here, let me give you the info. from Wikipedia, he’s awesome; when I lived in L.A., saw him live in both genres – totally awesome!

    “Born in Pativilca, Peru, Acuña played in local bands from the age of ten, and moved to Lima as a teenager. At the age of eighteen he joined the band of Perez Prado, and in 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuña moved to Las Vegas, working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather. Acuña left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with (amongst many others) Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Walker (musician), Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, Phil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Phillips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, and Al Jarreau. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Lee Ritenour, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne.

    In the 1980s Acuna also recorded and toured with the Christian jazz band Koinonia, which featured session musicians Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Hadley Hockensmith, Harland Rogers, and Bill Maxwell. He played on Willy DeVille’s Crow Jane Alley album and 1987 together with the TCB Band of Elvis Presley in the Roy Orbison TV-Special “A Black and White Night”. He played percussion on Blondie’s number one The Tide Is High.

    He has also worked as an educator at University of California, Los Angeles and Berklee College of Music.”

    Add: Devon, Brazilians, where Bossa Nova was created, prefer their music to be called Brazilian as they do not speak Spanish, they speak Portuguese – the only Portuguese-speaking Country in South America. . . just FYI :o)

  3. Devon

    Its good your looking into jazz. Most of the world’s greatest drummer are fluent in many jazz styles. I also suggest you look into the latin styles like bossa. The rhythm section in the jazz band from my old high school all played prog metal/rock, and had a simliar outlook as you do. One of my favorite drummers from the progressive rock band Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy has dipped into jazz as well. Most famous jazz groups have a drummer who is on point with everything they play; every style from shuffle to bebop, timing like a metronome, and all important confidence. Maynard Ferguson drummer in the song Give It One is amazing, as well as everything else. Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich are amongst the obvious to recommend to a drummer. Also looking into the song Groovin Hard, which is a shuffle or hard swing. Here’s a list of some bands/groups.

    Miles Davis
    John Coltrane
    Maynard Ferguson (big band)
    Dave Brubeck
    Bill Evans Trio
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Tito Puente (latin jazz)
    The Seatbelts (everyone loves the song “Tank!”. they are a big band)
    Buddy Rich (big band)
    Weather Report (big band)
    Herbie Hancock
    Chick Corea’s Elektric Band ( one of my fav’s called spain. sick solo at 7:50. You should check out the original, I almost cried the 1st time I heard it:

  4. Soulmate

    all great answers, posters.

    Add Steve Smith (tribal tech, players, … um, journey?) to the list, as well as Vinnie Colaiuta, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, Max Roach, and Lenny White


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